[csaa-forum] CCCS lecture Pierson on Experimental Film TOMORROW

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Wed May 26 13:05:15 CST 2004

 >**Reminder - Pierson on Experimental Film tomorrow 27 May**

>Apologies for cross posting.
>"Who Cares about Experimental Film?"
>Dr Michele Pierson
>School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of
>Date:   5.30-6.30pm
>Time:   Thursday 27 May 2004
>Venue:  The Mayne Centre
>Members of the public are invited to attend this free lecture, after
>which light refreshments will be served. All welcome.
>This lecture looks at why the history of experimental film is as much a
>story about institutions as it is about individual creativity and
>For more information, please scroll down, or visit the website:
>We are presently witnessing a revival of interest in experimental film.
>A number of retrospective exhibitions screened at museums and film
>festivals in Australia, Britain, and the United States have attracted
>large audiences.  Specialist distributors of experimental films have
>also noticed an increased demand for their films from universities and
>film clubs.  This lecture suggests that we can learn a lot about this
>development by thinking about the circumstances in which a wide range of
>commercial and cultural institutions have become involved in the
>production and promotion of experimental film over the years.
>The British Film Institute set up an Experimental Film Fund in 1952 to
>support the production of short, experimental films by providing
>filmmakers with funding for production related expenses and, where
>appropriate, supervision and technical assistance.  Not unlike the
>Institute itself in its early days, this program was regularly accused
>of being too much under the influence of commercial interests to produce
>a genuinely experimental cinema.  In this lecture, I want to look at the
>BFI's reasons, not just for wanting to become involved in the production
>of experimental films in the first place, but also for hanging on to
>this idea in the face of considerable criticism and misunderstanding.
>About the presenter:
>Michele Pierson teaches film and television studies at the University of
>Queensland.  She is the author of Special Effects: Still in Search of
>Wonder (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002) and essays on
>Hollywood cinema and experimental film.  Her current research looks at
>the cultural and institutional history of experimental film,
>particularly in Britain and the United States.
>Enquiries to Ms. Lisa Gunders, Centre For Critical and Cultural Studies
>Ph. (07) 3346 9764      Fax:(07) 3365 7184
>admin.cccs at uq.edu.au

Melissa Gregg
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Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
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